Date: Monday , November 06, 2017
Today we're reviewing Thermaltake's View 71 TG extended ATX case. Tempered glass is all the rage in contemporary case design. But when I first saw the (large) Thermaltake View 71 TG box sitting at my door, I couldn’t help but think of the shiny silver, blue LED-accented Thermaltake Tsunami Dream I built my first dual-core CPU rig in just over a decade ago.
As I slid this new Thermaltake case out of its shipping box, my first thought was "this is a candidate for my first 32-thread CPU rig’s housing."
I’ve been watching reviews of other cases with tempered glass panels for a while now. Many of these reviews complain of inadequate shipping protection, leading to glass breaking in transit, and/or cheap screws that mar connecting the glass panels to the case’s metal frame. As a result of these flaws, I’ve shied away from tempered glass cases until now.
I am happy to report the View 71 is very well-protected for transport: the box is double-walled cardboard and uses doubled industrial-grade stapling, there are a solid 3-4" of styrofoam padding on the front and rear; again surrounded by single-walled cardboard, and thicker plastic film to prevent the glass from being scratched both on the exteriors and interiors of all glass panels. Thermaltake did not cut corners with packaging material for this case. It survived shipment to our previous case editor, then to Kyle, then another shipment to me entirely unscathed.
Case form should follow function, and this case is aimed at the mid-high to high-end builder who will be using it with a powerful system and wants to show it off. It can accommodate extended ATX motherboards, taller CPU air coolers, multiple dual-slot (and larger) GPUs, a lot of disk drives, and multiple radiators for those interested in liquid cooling. There’s a place for budget-priced, basic cases, and I’m willing to sacrifice a lot of niceties and flexibility to keep overall system price low. The View 71 TG is at the opposite end of the spectrum, with an MSRP of about $170. My initial impressions are that it’s worth every one of those 17,000 pennies, and we’ll explore whether the details also add up over the next few pages.